Xianghai Bridge opens in time for Airshow China
The 29.8-km (18.5-mile) Xianghai Bridge, containing a 20-km (12-mile) main line and 9.8-km (6.1-mile) feeder line, opened to traffic on Nov 6 and will start toll collection after the ongoing 14th Airshow China.
The L-style project is the first phase of the Xiangzhou-Haiquanwan (Ocean Spring Resort) Expressway, a planned part of Guangdong expressway network.
Xianghai Bridge [Photo courtesy Guanhai App]
The main line starts from Zaobei Interchange in Xiangzhou and goes east through Zhongshan's Tanzhou Town and Zhuhai's Doumen District before ending at Huxin Road. It will connect with the Guangzhou-Foshan-Jiangmen-Zhuhai and Guangzhou-Zhuhai West expressways, as well as the Zhongshan West Outer Ring.
Its feeder line extends from the Tanzhou Hub of the Guangdong Western Coastal Expressway and runs south with viaducts of the National Expressway G105 (Gudu Avenue) to Meihua Interchange, before going towards Zhongshan via the Renmin Road and Zaobei interchanges.
The main line of the dual six-lane bridge has a maximum speed limit of 100 kmph (62 mph) while that of the bridge's feeder line is set at 80 kmph (50 mph). Xiangzhou motorists can reach Doumen in only 15 minutes.
Drivers will pay 0.60 yuan (9 cents) for every km to cross the 9.65-km (6-mile) toll section of the bridge after Nov 13.
Toll collections will start on Xianghai and Honghe bridges later this year as part of Zhuhai's traffic management plans, officials of the Zhuhai Transportation Bureau announced during an interview on May 20.
Zhuhai has been devoting great efforts to establishing a fast transportation system that provides motorists access to expressways in 15 minutes and to Shenzhen and Hong Kong in 60 minutes.